2021 KIDS COUNT Data Book


This annual report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation (AECF) offers national and state insight into child well-being and explores how we can do better by kids.

2021 State Trends in Child Well-Being

AECF also creates a profile for each state, highlighting the most recent data and comparing it to 2010’s.

Despite ranking 50th in the nation for overall child well-being, falling from 49th the previous year, Mississippi is making notable gains in education, according to data published in the 2021 KIDS COUNT® Data Book, a 50-state report released annually by the Annie E. Casey Foundation to track child well-being in the United States. The report also provides recent household survey data, analyzing how families have fared during the COVID-19 crisis and resulting recession. 

“We can use this data like a GPS that points us precisely to where Mississippi children and their families need the most support,” said Dr. Linda Southward, executive director of the Children’s Foundation of Mississippi. “We can chart routes from where we are now as a state to where we’d like to be.”

Sixteen indicators measuring four domains — economic well-being, education, health, and family and community context — are used in each year’s Data Book to assess child well-being. Highlights from 2019 data, which are the most recent available, include the following.